The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, commonly referred to as CIBC, based in Cheapside, London EC2, raised funds for stem4 with a Treasure Hunt around the City of London. 80 CIBC staff members took part dressed as pirates. The Treasure Hunt concluded at ‘The Conductor’ in Farringdon with drinks, buffet and live music. There was also a raffle which staff members contributed to with enthusiasm.
CIBC have partnered with 4 charities that support children and young people this year and this was their first of several fundraising events to be carried out over the next two years for their nominated charities. stem4 is delighted to have been selected in this partnership and Dr Krause, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, CEO and Founder of stem4 will show their thanks by providing CIBC staff with a lunchtime mental health seminar. The biggest fundraising challenge the CIBC will carry out will be on The Lord Mayor’s Giving Day in London on the 24 September.
Members of Richmond Brass Band gave up their free time to perform on behalf of stem4 together with other musicians who played on behalf of the other charities. Pieces they played included ‘Floral Dance’ made famous in the 1980s by the Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band and Sir Terry Wogan! And an upbeat ‘Abba’ medley. Because they were a small ensemble, they did not need a conductor but they gave the audience a flavour of the unique sound of a brass band.
The event was attended by stem4’s education co-ordinator, Sarah Sterne who said, ‘It was wonderful to see musicians from our local community in SW London giving up their free time to support the essential work that we do with young people. Participating in music making can have a positive benefit to mental health; which is a message we share when we work with young people.’